520 Closure

520 Bride will be closed from Friday February 24th at 11pm through Monday February 27th at 5am.  When crews close 520 they close both directions of the SR 520 floating bridge and highway and all ramps between Montlake Boulevard and I-405.  Crews will also close the Bellevue Way Northeast overpass from 11 p.m. Friday night through 5 p.m. Saturday while crews set girders.  When crews close the highway, SR 520 remains open between Montlake Boulevard and I-5. In Bellevue, the 108th Avenue Northeast on-ramp to eastbound SR 520 remains open and in Seattle, the Montlake Boulevard ramps from eastbound SR 520 and to westbound SR 520 remain open.  All ramps and the mainline are required to reopen by 5 a.m. Monday following weekend closures.  Please use alternative routes or delay your trip to Seattle or Eastside if possible.

Paying for Parking in Kirkland??

The Kirkland Parking Board is proposing charging $1 per hour for parking in Kirkland from 9am-9pm at the two most popular lots and eliminating the 3 hour limit on daytime parking.  Right now the parking is free before 5pm and $1 per hour after 5pm.  Parking would remain free in the 339-stall garage located underneath the Kirkland Library.  The city manages 338-on street parking spaces and 586-parking lot spaces.  The is forecast to bring in around $100k per year.  The possible uses of this money would include maintenance of parking lots, rain shelters over pay stations, bright paint and security cameras at the Library garage and additional parking spaces in the future.  Kirkland employees are eligible for free all-day work passes at the Library Garage and others may park for free up to four hours.  If this proposal is passed this could start as early as this summer and Kirkland would have the most extensive paid-parking network on the Eastside.  In Bellevue and other cities on the Eastside have privately owned and operated parking lots and are free to retail customers.

Is the snow storm over yet?? Are you Prepared??

They say one storm down and two more to come?  A major snow storm is expected to hit Western Washington, piling 6 to 12 inches according to the National Weather System Monday.  The National Weather System of Seattle said a wave of cold air is moving through Western Washington and could drop several inches of snow in areas along the Washington coast, as well as areas north of Seattle by early Tuesday.  On Wednesday widespread snow fall and below-freezing tempuratures are likely throughout the state and the service issued a winter storm watch from Tuesday night through the day Wednesday.  They are comparing Wednesdays snowstorm to a Decembers 1996 snowstorm when over a foot fell over most of the region.  Snow could change to rain late Wednesday and in some areas early Thursday and although the snow on Wednesday is going to cause a tremendous amount of messy commutes in the morning and evening, it’s not supposed to stick around for very long. 

Is your car prepared for the snow fall??  Here are some tips:

1.  Make sure you have  full tank of gas

2.  Chains for your tires

3.  Bottles of water

4.  Snacks, like Power Bars or granola bars

5.  Blanket

6.  Comfy walking shoes

7.  Gloves

8.  Flashlight

9.  Car charger for your cell phone.

 

 

Got Your “Good to Go” Pass Yet? – 520 Toll Starts

Less than 48 hours until the tolling begins on 520 Bridge.  The tolling starts at 5am on Thursday, December 29th 2001 and those without the “Good to Go” pass will be charged an $1.50 per trip.  Cameras on the bridge will take photos of license plates and they will send the bill to the registered owner of the vehicle.  To get your “Good to Go” pass you can go to Fred Meyer, Safeway, QFC or Costco and then activate it online or call the customer service center.  There are 5 different passes you can choose from.  No tolls will be collected between the hours of 11pm and 5am daily.

Bellevue Botanical Gardens – Winter Wonderland

The Pond

From Now until December 31st go view the Bellevue Botanical Gardens where over a half million lights are used to transform the Bellevue Botanical Gardens into a truely magical place.  Hundreds of volunteers from all over the area have been busy making new creations for this year.  New this year is the theme “Snap d’ Dragon” who will join over 30 “critters” inlcuding Charlotte in her web and Willie the slug.  My favorite is the gorgeous pond and border display on the main lawn (picture above).  Over 150,000 people enjoy the amazing Bellevue Botanical Gardens in the month of December.

Hours are from 5:00pm – 10:00 and 9:30 is the lastest they will allow you to enter. 
Cost is $5 per person and children under the age of 10 are free and do not need a ticket. 
Please click here to buy your ticket in advance to assure entry.
This truely is magical place and it will really get you in the Holiday Spirit

520 Bridge Tolling To Begin December 29th

Get ready to pay, 520 bridge commuters, because tolling on Highway 520 between Bellevue and Seattle will begin on December 29th (for real this time.)  The tolling system has been delayed since Spring of this year due to technical issues, and the glitch(s) have finally been fixed.  On Wednesday, WSDOT announced the new start date so get your Good To Go passes as soon as possible.  The Good To Go pass provides drivers with a sticker that is electronically read and debits the user’s account.  Stickers are prepaid online, but drivers without a pass will still be billed with an extra $1.50 processing fee.  The new system technology reads chips inside Good To Go stickers, and photographs the license plates of cars without stickers.

Regular rates will vary between $2.20 and $3.50, the maximum charged for peak commute times.  The Good to Go pass works on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and the carpool lanes of Highway 167 as well.

The Highway 520 tolling program is expected to generate $1 billion to go towards the Highway 520 replacement project.  For more information, please visit the official project page. 

Bellevue Snowflake Lane

The annual Bellevue Snowflake Lane has arrived again.  Come out and join the fun at 7pm every night of the week in Downtown Bellevue. There is LIVE Toy Soldiers and winter characters, Music, magical snow fall and an amazing light show to brighten your night.  Bring your family and friends and grab a cup of cocoa and come join the fun, you wont be disappointed.  On the sidewalks of Bellevue Way and NE 8th, located at the Bellevue Collection.

Nordstroms Half Yearly Sale-Bellevue

 

Enjoy the warmth of the indoors this weekend at Bellevue Square and take advantage of the savings you will receive at the Nordstroms Half Yearly Sale.  This would be a great opportunity to get some holiday shopping done early, while saving some money.

Expect Delays on 520 –

According to King 5 News, expect delays early Thursday morning, November 10th on the 520 Bridge as crews will be closing the drawnspan for up to 30 minutes somewhere between the time of 12:00-5:00am to perform monthly testing and maintenance work.  If you absolutely need to travel over 520 during those times, click www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic/seattle before you leave to check out the traffic.